Monday, October 10, 2011

The image of God

Another thought from last Thursday's lecture....probably blindingly obvious to most of you, but not something I'd really considered myself.
As we are made in the image of God - we carry a responsibility.

Do you know, I'd really not seen it that way.

I'd understood that the glimmer of God's reflection in us enabled us to love and to create.
I'd understood that we were even able to cry with God at the world's pain.

But I'd not thought of myself as acting as God's ambassador just because I'm human, in the way that I feel myself to be an ambassador for Christ by virtue of my baptism, or for God's church through the grace of my ordination.

Made in the image of God - so what can I do to polish the image, to enable the reflection to be clearer....
Perhaps it doesn't call for a radical change of direction (though John Donne might have thought so) so much as an additional consciousness...and prayer, always, always prayer

Restore thine Image, so much, by thy grace,
That thou may’st know mee, and I’ll turne my face


Still Breathing said...

I reflected some time ago on how being made in God's image meant we were also triune (body, mind and spirit/soul) but I didn't gewt as far as the responsibility bit. As you say it's obvious when you see it but how often are we blind to teh obvious.

P.S. Word Verification = epingily - I so think that should be a word.

martyn being free said...

Agree with still breathing. Great blog post.

Would love you to read and follow mine.

Lena said...

I am always taken by the responsibility God gave us to care for his creation. It is such a massive responsibility and yet it should be easy because we depend on the creation being whole and healthy. But, as with most things, we don't seem to be succeeding very well.